eCampus in the High School
eCampus in the High School (eCHS) provides partner high schools and their students with access to online college-level courses in several goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and technical course options. Through eCHS, students have the opportunity to remain in their high school setting while taking online college courses that provide rich content and experience with a method of learning they will surely encounter as they continue their education and career aspirations.
eCHS offers challenging, engaging courses to eligible high school students throughout Minnesota. The program provides unique features including college transcription, student achievement data, on-site key contacts at each high school, a user-friendly application and registration process, student advising and a non-credit workshop called Brighten Your Path. Direct student and high school support is available by phone and email.
eCampus in the High School Update
eCHS course start dates
Fall 2019 - September 3
Spring 2020 - January 13
- Cut Scores by Discipline and Course
- eCHS Registration Request Form
- Online Book Ordering Instructions for High Schools
- Student Application and Request to Test Form 2020-2021
Student eligibility requirements
High school juniors and seniors are eligible for the eCHS.
Required GPA: Seniors - 2.8 and juniors - 3.2
Students must also meet our Accuplacer assessment test score requirements: Students with an ACT Reading sub score of 21 or ACT English sub score of 18 and ACT Algebra sub score of 22 may enroll without taking the Accuplacer assessment. For students who have taken the SAT, qualifying SAT scores are 480 for reading and 530 for math.
*Math test scores are required only for those students taking College Algebra. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements due to extenuating circumstances may be considered for participation in the program if recommended by their high school administration and approved by the program at least one month in advance of the term start.
- October 1 - Begin application and assessment process for spring semester.
- October 15 - Begin submitting course registrations for spring semester
- December 1 - Begin application and assessment process for fall semester
- February 15 - Begin submitting course registrations for fall semester
Students who need testing to meet the eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to do so by these dates.
We encourage early registration for the interests of all parties involved. If a student wants to drop a course (drop without a W on their transcript), the high school must notify the program by email at email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. on the 2nd day of the class for fall and by the 5th day for spring classes. (Please note that the student drop/add date is later than the date when school districts become financially responsible to pay for a registered seat. High schools are financially responsible *seven days* before the start of the course.)
Frequently asked questions
The eCHS program offers online college-level courses to Minnesota high school students. The program is a partnership with participating high schools, Lakes Country Service Cooperative and M State.
1. How are eCHS courses delivered?
The eCHS courses are delivered online to participating high school students by M State instructors. Daily, reliable internet access is required. A PC computer format is preferred. Courses are delivered through D2L Brightspace and are conducted in an asynchronous format.
2. What are the special features of eCHS?
Special program features include online delivery of college courses to high school students in their high school setting, contracted tuition, college and high school transcripts, online orientation, online tutoring, a designated key contact at each high school, access to a college academic advisor, and a seamless, customized application and registration process. These features allow for the offering of technical education courses and general education courses in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).
3. What courses are available through eCHS?
See the eCHS Course Offerings subpage.
4. What are the responsibilities of the high school with students participating in eCHS?
The responsibilities of participating high schools include:
- Initiate and complete the application for admission, Accuplacer assessment and registration of participating students
- Provide enrolled students with an instructional period with access to a networked computer
- Provide a key contact person, payment of tuition, and the purchase and provision of course required books and/or resources
5. What is the cost of an eCHS course?
Tuition is set at $125 per credit.
- 2-credit course will cost $250 per student
- 3-credit course will cost $375 per student
- 4-credit course will cost $500 per student
(NOTE: There is a flat rate of $6,500 for 20 or more students in any one-course section of three or more credits.)
Textbook costs are additional, and school districts are responsible for those costs.
The school district becomes obligated to pay the tuition for a student unless the student officially drops the class seven calendar days before the class begins.
6. How do students apply and register for eCHS?
When high schools are ready for students to apply, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.877.450.3322 and ask for Erin Warren to begin the process with your school. eCHS requires a one-page application process for all students. Students will not have to apply to eCHS again if they are in the M State system though concurrent enrollment. M State will complete all of the registration processing for the high schools.
7. What students typically fit well with eCHS?
Online courses can be a good fit for many students. Successful online students typically are self-motivated, responsible, comfortable adhering to facility-driven deadlines, committed to spending hours outside of school on their online courses, interested in using technology as a learning tool, and able to manage their time effectively. Students must be prepared to devote adequate study/course work time outside of their high school day. Students who prefer face-to-face interaction and/or do not like using technology as a tool in the learning process do not typically present a good fit for online courses.
8. How can I help my school get started with eCHS?
eCHS has a streamlined assessment, application and registration process. To start the process for your students, email email@example.com or call M State at 1.877.450.3322 and ask for Erin Warren, M State's dual credit advisor/K12 success coach.
For all other questions or to be directed to admission, assessment and registration assistance, contact Megan Adamczyk, K12 collaboration manager, at 218-846-3867.
9. Who do I contact if students need help activating their StarID?
Call 877.450.3322, or chat with an M State Solution Center specialist.